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Safari Adventure in Malawi

1. In Brief

Malawi, often described as ‘The Warm Heart of Africa’, due to the friendliness of its people, has a huge variety of landscapes. These range from the rugged highlands, such as the hiker’s and climber’s paradise of the Mulanje Massif to lowland plains and unspoilt wildlife reserves.  Malawi’s biggest draw is undoubtedly Lake Malawi, Africa’s third largest lake, lined with hundreds of miles of tropical golden sand beaches and boasting hundreds of species of colourful tropical fish.

The Frontier-Malawi Safari Adventure is an unforgettable experience exploring the travel highlights this amazing country has to offer! You will undoubtedly be captivated by the majestic wildlife and gripping Malawian landscapes as you make new friends that you meet along the way. At every turn, Malawi will surely have something wonderful to offer.    


  • Visit the rural villages and meet the Ntchisi people 
  • Relax on the shores of Lake Malawi
  • Visit Liwonde National Park and encounter Malawi’s incredible wildlife 
  • 4x4 Safari Game Drive!
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Location Malawi, Africa
Activities Visit the rural villages of the Ntchisi people
River boat safari at Lake Malawi
4x4 safari drive at Liwonde National Park
Hiking at Zomba Plateau
Wildlife watching
Transport Airport pick-up and drop-off
In-country transfers
Accommodation Lodges, cottages and safari camps


Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on equipment
In-country Food as stated in the itinerary
Airport pick-up and drop-off
In-country ground transfers
All game activities and park fees at Liwonde National Park
River boat safaris
Lake Malawi boat trips
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

2. The project


The Frontier-Malawi Safari Adventure encapsulates the travel highlights of Malawi in an action packed 14 day itinerary. The rural cultures of Ntchisi, the clear waters of Lake Malawi, the wildlife of Liwonde National Park and the views from Zomba Plateau. This itinerary heads 'off the beaten track' offering guests an opportunity to really discover 'The Warm Heart of Africa'. You will travel through untamed landscapes exploring untouched environments, meeting locals, tasting exotic cuisines and encountering endemic wildlife.   


Day 1-3: Central Malawi, Ntchisi Forest Lodge

Your first few days will be spent visiting the surrounding communities, helping at the local school or exploring the rainforest. Ntchisi District is steeped in local culture, and you may have the opportunity to cook traditional Malawian food, learn more about local witchcraft and learn more about village life. Evenings are spent around the lodge fire listening to the night sounds of this very special slice of rural Malawi.

Day 4-7: Lake Malawi, Norman Carr Cottage 

After breakfast and farewells head down to the lakeshore and transfer to Norman Carr Cottage. The drive takes you along the southern lakeshore, passing local fishing villages and the historic Mua Mission where you will stop for lunch. Norman Carr Cottage is a small owner run lodge on the shores of the Southern Lakeshore. Local fishermen mend their nets on the beach and life slows to a gentle pace ideal for rest and relaxation. Days at Norman Carr are entirely flexible and guests have the option of going out on lodge boat ‘Alfie’ to snorkel in the clear waters of Lake Malawi or remaining at the lodge relaxing on the swimming chairs or walking in the local village. After lunch and a relaxing afternoon take a sunset cruise and early evening swim- watch the sun go down over the Lake of Stars!

Day 8-9: Liwonde National Park, Mvuu Camp

After a morning departure from Norman Carr Cottage stop off at a local boatyard, learn more about lake side village life and get to know an inspirational local youth organization before continuing south to the mighty Shire River and Liwonde National Park. Arrive for a late lunch at Mvuu Camp. Upon arrival at Mvuu Camp lunch will be served in the restaurant overlooking the river and after a siesta head out on a 4 x 4 safari game drive. Liwonde National Park is teeming with antelope and many large herd of buffalo and elephant. After a sundowner on the bank of the river head back to the lodge for dinner and star gazing! Rise early for a walking safari (optional- season dependent) or game drive returning to the lodge for breakfast before heading out of a morning boat trip. Meandering up the Shire River guests will see large pods of hippo and there is a chance of watching elephants and antelope coming to the river to drink.  After lunch relax by the pool before heading out on an evening drive and final dinner at the camp.

Day 10-12: Zomba Plateau, Zomba Forest Lodge

After breakfast head back out of Liwonde and continue south to Zomba Plateau and the intimate Zomba Forest Lodge. The next two days will be spent exploring the plateau on hiking trails, horse riding, or by mountain bike. The plateau offers fantastic views down to Lake Chilwa, diverse flora and fauna and is a birdwatchers paradise! Spend the afternoon with a small community near Zomba Town, meet members of the local youth group, learn how to prepare local Malawian food and take part in some traditional dancing! This unique ecotourism visit offers incredible opportunities to see a different side of Malawi!

Day 13: Lilongwe, Kumbali Country Lodge

Mid-morning take a road transfer up through the hills to Lilongwe for one final night in Malawi at the beautiful Kumbali Country Lodge.

Day 14: International Flight

3. What to expect


Arrive into Lilongwe Airport and be met by your private guide who will transfer you by road (2 hours) to our comfortable lodge. The drive takes you deep into rural Malawi and you will catch you first glimpse of the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’. The lodge is beautifully located adjacent to a protected rainforest and with incredible views down to Lake Malawi. Please arrive on the Monday.


Throughout the adventure accommodation will be provided in a range of lodges, cottages and safari camps of a high quality. All accommodations will have basic amenities, although specific facilities may vary from place to place.


Meals are provided where stated in the detailed project itinerary. The times where food is not included may however provide a great chance for you to explore local restaurants and sample local delicacies with your fellow travellers. This will be a brilliant opportunity for you to fully take in all that Malawi has to offer!  
Malawian cuisine is known to be quite varied and exciting so why not try having a taste of the local cuisine while you’re out and about. Grab the opportunity to treat yourself to some delicious grilled fresh fish from Lake Malawi and have it with Nsima, Malawi’s staple food made from ground corn and some local vegetables.

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6. Extras


After the project, you may choose to explore more of Malawi under your own steam or with some of your new friends. Our friendly in-country staff will be more than happy to advise you and help you get started whatever your decision may be.

7. Dates and Costs

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1 traveller (LS) US$3,695

2+ travellers (LS) US$3,145

1 traveller (HS) US$3,745

2+ travellers (HS) US$3,245

The trip duration is 14 days. Prices are per person. LS means low season. HS refers to high season.



Please check availability for 2015 start dates


14 days / 13 nights


Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & equipment advice & documentation

In country

  • Accommodation
  • Food as stated in the itinerary
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • In-country ground transfers
  • All game activities and park fees at Liwonde National Park
  • River boat safaris 
  • Lake Malawi boat trips
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up


Nearest airport(s): Lilongwe (LLW)



Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on email frontier@statravel.com.


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Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.


You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.

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We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

8. How to apply

To book your place, click on "Book Now" and confirm the date that you would like to start and the duration that you wish to take part for. You can either pay in full to secure your place, or pay a deposit to reserve your place temporarily.

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